Correction and apology to Andrew Duffield

in the first printing of David Nichols's book Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music 1960-85 (Verse Chorus Press, 2016), the following passage on page 453, regarding the history of the band Models, contains a serious factual error:

“Exact details of the arrival and departure of band members at this time are hazy and probably unimportant. Duffield – who was by this time using heroin, apparently in response to, or at least in conjunction with, some personal tragedies – was in and out of the band for a while, but Freud was definitely in, and contributing.”

Author and publisher acknowledge that the claim of drug use on the part of Andrew Duffield is false, and apologize unreservedly for the error, which has been corrected in subsequent printings.


June Wright's THE DEVIL'S CARESS adapted for the stage in Sydney

Factory Space Theatre Company present a dramatic version of June Wright's "The Devil's Caress," adapted for the stage by Wendy Lewis, with 8 performances from Saturday 24 March through Saturday 14 April. Star of the Sea Theatre is located near the northern end of Manly Beach at Queenscliff, on the corner of Collingwood St and Iluka Ave. Parking is available at the northern end of the beach or in the surrounding streets. More details at

Buried Country stage shows announced

Following the book, film and CD,  get ready for the stage show. Starring a rotating cast of Buried Country’s featured artists performing a selection of its greatest hits, the world premiere will take place at the Playhouse in Newcastle on August 20, 2106, to be followed by two nights at the Melbourne Festival in October, with more dates planned for 2017. For details, check out the standalone site,

New Buried Country set released on 2CD and iTunes to rave reviews

Buried Country 1.5, the newly assembled double CD of Australian Aboriginal country music, old and new, was released this month and  is currently record of the week at Melbourne's Triple R 102.7FM. It's an essential companion to the new edition of the book. Check out Noel Mengel's 4.5-star review in the Brisbane Courier-Mail. You can buy the 2CD set here, and the digital version here